Acquisition Strategy for the Waterview Connection

Client: New Zealand Transport Agency


The Waterview Connection involves completing a motorway ring route (the Western Ring Route) around Auckland city. The aim is to unlock Auckland’s potential to become a truly world-class city, by combating regional congestion and creating a direct link between the International Airport and CBD, reducing travel times by over 15 minutes.

The Challenge:

Costing NZ$1.4b, the Waterview Connection project in Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most ambitious roading project. Half of the new motorway – 2.4km – is underground with the construction of twin tunnels up to 40m below ground. Each tunnel will carry three lanes of traffic.

Never before in NZ has there been a requirement to acquire subterranean interests from over 100 individual landowners for a roading project.
TPG was instructed on behalf of NZ Transport Agency to proceed with the compulsory acquisition process in accordance with the Public Works Act 1981 at the start of negotiations. In order to meet the project deadlines we had one year to secure all the subterranean interests required.

Our Solution:

We assembled a project team that worked alongside NZ Transport Agency & Land Information New Zealand to identify everyone with an interest in land above the twin tunnels and established a strategy to acquire their respective interests. The acquisition strategy included a compulsory acquisition programme and timeframe, coordination of registered valuers, surveyors and other property related professionals, a landowner risk profile all tied together with agreed reporting back to the Transport Agency.


TPG delivered the property required on time for the Well-Connected Alliance to commence construction of this project. Now TPG is assisting the Transport Agency with the survey, legalisation and property handback of this project.



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